Software & Games Development

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs graded 9-4 or A*-C including Maths or English at grade C/4 or above. (Maths at grade C/4 is required for this course)

Overview

You will study subjects within a range of digital environments and will have the opportunity to explore a range of platforms and use your creativity to design and develop your own ideas. The focus of the course is to provide you with the skills to set you on a path to working in the Digital Industries as a web based application or games designer. The units studied will reflect a growing interest in games design and web application creation. You will study computer games design, 2D computer games, mobile technologies as well as other interactive and web based technologies.

This course for people who wish to learn programming languages. You will be using coding languages such as C#, Java, Python and PHP and platforms such as Unity to build your projects. You will need GCSE grade 4/B in Maths to enrol on this course.

What will I study?

You will work on a range of modules which are assessed by coursework and exams (approx 60% coursework and 40% exam). Over the two years you will study:

  • How to develop games and software applications
    • Website Development – using JavaScript to create a web based game
    • Computer Games Development – using Unity and other software to develop a working game
    • Mobile Apps Development – this uses the skills from the other units to create a working app in Android or IOS (iPhone)

  • Advanced Programming Skills
    • Principles of Computer Science – this is a basic introduction to programming across a range of languages. This unit has an exam (first year).

  • Graphics
    • Digital Graphics and Animation – this is how to create graphics for a game or other digital graphics
  • How to plan and develop computer games (several units). The following units teach you general skills in planning and developing computer games and other software products.
    • Planning and Management of Computing Projects – this unit has an exam (second year).
    • Software Design and Development Project – this unit has an exam (second year).
    • Systems Methodology

  • Hardware
    • Fundamentals of Computer Systems – this is an overview of computer hardware and computer systems. This unit has an exam (first year).
    • Computer Networking – this is a really useful introduction to the hardware and theory behind computer networking

  • Computing and society
    • The Impact of Computing – this covers the general impact of computing in the modern world
    • IT Systems Security and Encryption – this is an introduction to cyber security and encryption
    • Business Applications of Social Media – this is about how to market a game or similar title using social media

How will I be assessed?

There are two exams each year and the rest of the assessment is coursework and project based. Exams account for roughly 40% of the total marks; coursework accounts for 60%.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?

Overall you will need – five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above to include English with a 5 in Maths. You definitely need to be mathematically confident as programming involves a significant amount of maths. It’s not compulsory to have done GCSE Computer Science but it definitely helps.

Who should take this course?

You need to be interested in programming and the way games are developed in a studio. It is very much a making games course rather than a designing games course. As there is a lot of programming you do need to enjoy logic and problem solving.

What qualification will I achieve?

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Computing – First Year; Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Computing – Second Year

This is equivalent to 3 A Levels and carries the same UCAS points.